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Offline Meili

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Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« on: July 02, 2017, 06:13:38 PM »
Hello.

Planning a weekend trip this fall and wanted some input on my S10. Want to know if you think it is up to "blue" trails.

It is more of an overland/expedition type build then hardcore off road machine so keep that in mind!

Here are the basic specs:

1985 S10 extended cab with 6' 6" utility bed,cap and RTT
Carbed, aluminum headed "Vette" 350
TH700r, NP207
front diff rebuilt with 4.10 gears and custom posi, no gov-lock crap
rear diff rebuilt with 4.10 (obviously) and Tru-Trac posi
front suspension is all new including Rough Country 2 1/2" lift, custom small (24mm) front sway bar vs stock 33mm for some flex
rear has RC AAL (for weight) and RC extended shackles with greasible bushings for lift
Shocks are RC N2.0, rears have 2" extenders
2 sets of 31" tires on 16 inch Camaro rims depending on season, both are aggressive off-road treads
running clearance from front to back is about a foot (skid plates) except the rear pumpkin which is 9 1/4" to the ground


The bad:
long wheel base (124")
poor departure angle due to the utility bed
relative high center of gravity
improved but limited flex from IFS

I am a "mature" driver so no bombing the trail.

Think the rig is up to it?

Let know know,

Thanks



Offline Meili

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 07:11:58 PM »
40 views and no comments? 

Is this in the wrong spot?

Is it my breath?  I showered last Thursday?

Don't worry I don't bite unless cornered or you drink the last beer, so input from those who have run RC would be a help.

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Offline Cyberman

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 07:26:59 PM »
I wanted to wait to reply until I saw a pic of your rig (phone doesn't show it).

I think you'd probably fair pretty well on blues, as long as you have everything skidded up underneath.  It might not be as graceful as some, but I think it would do the trick.


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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2017, 11:36:06 AM »
Some blues you might have trouble with (not all Blues are created equal!). 

33's would make a huge difference in ground clearance, that is going to be your Achilles heel.  Make sure you have a solid spotter and a lot is possible, especially if it is dry.   

Best bet I would say head to the park start with the greens and ask the staff what the easier blues are and work your way up.  The staff is super friendly and there to help see you have a great time. 

Its been a while but I think trail 2 might be a good blue starter for you, lots of bypasses.  Just avoid "frog hole" on your way through. 
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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2017, 12:27:32 PM »
Thanks for the info.

I have most of the factory skid plates from various years S10s and Blazers.   All are the somewhat rare aluminum pieces. Got bumper to front crossmember, crossmember back that protects front diff and oil pan and transfer case plate. Don't know if there was ever a plate for the trans, may make something if I cant find one. Also not sure about a gas tank plate, has a poly one now but next junk yard trip will see of there is an aluminum one.

Tire size is not going to change until what I have need to be replaced. Would 33s really help that much? They would only add 1 inch of clearance.

Most likely do a 2 day trip.  Test her out on the greens and go from there.

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 08:52:10 PM »
When were you planning to come up?  Maybe I can go out with you and try my hand at pulling my overland trailer around on the greens.

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 02:42:28 PM »
Might take you up on that!

In the process of rebuilding the front suspension and then have to rebuild the trans. Plus got kids (3) doing the college thing.

Most likely would be mid August at the earliest.

How about some info/pics of your trailer?

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 09:11:08 PM »
Might take you up on that!

In the process of rebuilding the front suspension and then have to rebuild the trans. Plus got kids (3) doing the college thing.

Most likely would be mid August at the earliest.

How about some info/pics of your trailer?
Need to make a hitch.  Here are some pics.

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2017, 09:14:53 PM »


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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 07:54:32 PM »
Nice rig.

Red trucks, RTT, we are practically twins!

Got 95% of the front end rebuilt today.

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2017, 08:44:36 PM »
Got the front done.

Feel the articulation is pretty good for a stockish IFS with my custom sway bar attached. It's no SAS but that's not where I am

going with the build.

The rear is doing pretty good also.
 
The ramps/blocks at 19 plus inches.

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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2017, 09:58:18 AM »
Only 1 way to find out- Go wheelin :banana_sml:

May i suggest a skid plate to protect that remote oil filter?
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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2017, 02:45:07 PM »
I have run it before.

Did very well on The Shady Brook Farms obstacle course. They have another event on the 20th that I will be attending to

compare before/after.

I have aluminum skid plates for it, just easier to work on without them.

Not to worry, she will have her undies on before she goes out! :moon:


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Re: Is my rig "BLUE" trail rated?
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 09:52:52 PM »
On a wild hair decided to go to RC tomorrow. My cousin is coming also.

Spending the night and coming back Sunday afternoon.

Cold, windy, wet, whats not to like? 

Should be a good test of the whole rigs capabilities.

If any other fools are going this weekends stop my for some adult beverages.